Technical Staff (Updated 05/18/21)We are currently accepting résumés for the following technical positions:
• Shop Foreman
• Props Assitant
• Wardrobe Staff
• Wig & Makeup Supervisor (Newsies only)
• Wig & Makeup Staff (Newsies only)
• Haunt Staff Electrican (Mid-August through Early October with possible extension through Early January)
• Haunt Carpenters (Mid-August through Early October with possible extension through Early January)
• Over hire—carpentry, electrics, props, scenic painting, wigs+make-up, and/or wardrobe
College Students - Please see our Intern/Apprentice positions in addition to Over Hire
Send cover letter and résumé to Human Resources Department via e-mail: HUMAN RESOURCES
please make sure the subject line of your emails contains your prospective position
A Little More Information About…
Celebrating Over 70 Years of Professional Theater!
The Gateway is located on the southern coast of Long Island in historic Bellport Village, mere steps from the Great South Bay and its amenities. As Long Island’s premiere professional musical theater, our organization is known for high quality productions which feature top talent from New York and Broadway, and are regularly reviewed by publications such as The New York Times. Originally established as the Gateway Playhouse in 1950, The Gateway has been operated by the non-profit Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County for the past eleven years.
A season at The Gateway is a rigorous and rewarding experience, where interns, technicians and industry professionals work together to form all aspects of each production. The Gateway employs SDC directors/choreographers and AEA actors/stage management teams, as well as non-equity actors and union/non-union designers. Each year, many interns advance their careers by meeting and networking with these top artists and technicians.
For 2021, The Gateway is operating on a modified professional summer stock schedule from mid-June – September, Haunted House in October, and a holiday season extending its operations into January. We are in the process of adjusting our schedule to accommodate a year round production schedule. Our summer season consists of three main stage musicals, a children’s theatre production, a highly acclaimed haunted house in October, and a couple of fall/winter shows. A typical Gateway build/run week is 9 hour days, Tuesday - Sunday. Each production has a two week rehearsal period, followed by three weeks of performances. Our staff technicians and interns all share the run crew responsibilities, on a rotating basis. Summer productions close on Saturday night, with the next show previewing on Wednesday night. We have additional time for load in/tech when the productions are in alternating venues. Over-hire crews are typically brought in to supplement our core crew for larger changeovers.
Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse is an award winning haunted house that runs the entire month of October. Most find this very unique and successful aspect of Gateway’s season a fun and rewarding venture. A Musicalwill follow the Haunted house in November. For our holiday season in December and the year culminates in a New Year’s Eve celebration event.
Although we do not build all of our productions, many are pulled from a rather large inventory of previously constructed sets that are rented to venues throughout North American and Canada via Gateway Set Rentals. However, sets are built when required, with many pieces added to the “Rental Fleet.” We also bring in rental sets and augment them to fulfill our scenic needs, often building additional pieces to complete the picture.
Productions are staged at two theaters: the historic 500 seat Gateway Playhouse which is located on the Gateway property in Bellport, NY, and at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, a 1,200 seat art-deco venue which is seven miles from the Gateway Property. For our 2021 summer mainstage season, SEASON TO BE ANNOUNCED, Shows 1+2 will be held at Bellport’s Gateway Playhouse, with Show 3 playing in Patchogue. Our 2021 Children’s Theater Season will include 1 large scale musicals, Shows to be annunced., that will be produced in house. All shop and production facilities, as well as residence facilities, are located on the Gateway property.
Candidates applying for positions should understand that teamwork, respect, communication, and punctuality are all vital attributes required to make their time at The Gateway a success. Standard Technician/Intern responsibilities/expectations include, but are not limited to:
· Attendance/Participation in: Work calls, show calls, and any other staff-wide meetings.
· Keeping all shop and yard facilities clean, presentable, and in a safe working an operating condition.
· Accurate completion of assignments in a safe and timely fashion.
· Compliance with state and federal laws regarding drugs and alcohol.
While this season runs June-January, we realize that school schedules may not allow candidates to participate throughout the entire production period. Full staff technicians (as opposed to interns) are expected to be present throughout the entire season as contracted. Full-time, weekly employment is essential. All conflicts will be negotiated at the time of hiring, and additional conflicts will be honored at the discretion of Production Management.
There is a very social culture at The Gateway and, while the highest quality professional product is our top priority, a memorable and enjoyable experience for our staff is not far behind. Over the course of each production, our staff celebrates the launch of a new show at opening night parties, as well as one general property party on select Saturdays throughout the season.
The Gateway is walking distance to the Great South Bay, with ferry service to Fire Island and Bellport Village beaches. Several BBQ grills, as well as amenities such an in-ground pool, are located on the property, near all housing facilities. For off-days, the New York City theatre scene is just over an hour away by train, and spectacular day trips to Long Island’s East End, including the Hamptons and Montauk Point.
Housing is available for out of town technicians. Housing is provided free of charge for apprentices and interns. These dormitory-style facilities are centrally located on Gateway property, with arrangements ranging from single/double occupancy rooms for technicians and assistants to double occupancy rooms for interns (depending on staff and availability). Coin operated laundry machines are also available and located on property. Meals are not supplied by the company, however, ample kitchens are provided – complete with refrigerator space, appliances and dishwashers. There is free parking on property and mileage will be reimbursed if you happen to use your car in the course of Gateway business outside of show call in Patchogue. As a standard for technicians and interns coming from off Long Island, we provide a travel reimbursement of up to $125 at the beginning and end of your contract. All negotiations in regards to traveling to/from Gateway will be handled at time of contracting.
The Gateway is committed to a Covid19 safe workplace. In addition, strict protocols have been set forth by Actor's equity Association. In keeping with these requirements, The Gateway will be a fully vaccinated work place. All Staff will be required to be fully vaccinated before arrival. Masks will be required whenever working indoors, and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained.
The Gateway is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Gateway is dedicated to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace.
We do hope this overview about who we are and what we do is helpful to you as you consider your prospects for 2021.